Big Law News Roundup: June 4th-8th

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Law Firm News

Cadwalader adds partner Stephen Fraidin to New York office
Fraidin was previously the vice chairman of Pershing Square Capital Management and prior to that served as a senior M&A partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He is credited with advising on a number of high-profile transactions including 3G Capital’s acquisition of H.J. Heinz, Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons and the London Stock Exchange’s acquisition of Frank Russel. Fraidin is also a visiting lecturer at Yale University and serves on the advisory boards of Harvard Law School’s Program on Corporate Governance, New York University’s Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance and the Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Cynthia Brittain joins Katten as a partner in the trusts and estates practice
Brittain was previously with Northern Trust where she was the director of inbound wealth advisory and a senior fiduciary officer, responsible for designing estate plans and advising on the use of multi-jurisdictions for tax planning. She will be based out of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Jeff Dinerstein joins Morgan Lewis as partner in Houston office
Dinerstein has advised clients on a broad array of M&A transactions, including the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He also represents companies and their owners in change-of-control transactions involving either financial or strategic buyers. In addition, he counsels clients on numerous contractual issues, focusing on, among other things, master service agreements, supply contracts and distribution agreements.

Emma Maconick joins Shearman & Sterling as partner in Bay Area IP transactions practice
Maconick joins the firm from King & Spalding, where she served as a partner since 2012. She advises clients in industries ranging from e-commerce consumer platforms, FinTech, big data and analytics, cloud and edge computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, hardware and software product development, autonomous mobility and advanced virtual and augmented reality. She also frequently authors and speaks on emerging IP, data and technology trends.

White & Case add partner Chris Brennan to global commercial litigation practice
Brennan was previously a partner at Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the FCA investigations & enforcement team and advised on a number of the most significant regulatory cases in both the retail and wholesale markets. He has experience advising public companies on market disclosure investigations as well as individuals on FCA enforcement and criminal prosecutions. He will be based out of the firm’s London office.

Dentons names Lisa Sewell as managing director for U.K., Middle East
Sewell was previously with the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she most recently served as director of shared operations – leading a global team of 7,500 across the U.K. India and Poland. She will replace Brandon Ransley, who retired earlier this year.

Akerman adds insurance litigation team to Houston office
Partners David Clark and Kristen McDanald join the firm in the litigation practice group. Clark has more than 30 years of experience litigating commercial disputes, focusing his practice on CGL, excess/umbrella, commercial auto, E&O and property matters. McDanald’s practice is focused on insurance coverage and commercial litigation, counseling clients on issues tied to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Also joining the Houston office are associates Rick Gene Boepple and Mark Shutt.

Steven Selna joins Alston & Bird as a partner in San Francisco products liability group
Selna was previously with Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he was regional partner in charge of the San Francisco office and vice chair of the products liability and mass tort group. His practice concentrates on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, consumer class actions and complex commercial litigation. He is also experienced in defending actions brought by state attorneys general alleging false advertising, violation of state unfair trade practice act statutes and consumer fraud.

Mark Ramsey joins Katten as partner in New York commercial finance practice
Ramsey was previously with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he represented lenders, developers, administrative agents and arrangers, as well as corporate, private equity fund and portfolio company borrowers in highly complex finance transactions in a number of industries. He focuses his practice on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of syndicated acquisition, working capital and recapitalization credit facilities, ranging from middle-market to large-cap transactions, including U.S., cross-border, multi-currency, senior, second-lien and debtor-in-possession financing and in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

Paul Kruger joins Katten as partner in New York structured finance and securitization practice
Kruger has more than 25 years of experience encompassing multiple asset classes including commercial real estate, residential mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, railcars, trade finance assets and trade receivables, infrastructure assets and non-performing and performing loans, on both a cash and synthetic basis. He also represents private equity investors in the acquisition and financing of corporate entities and assets. He is licensed to practice in the U.S., England and Wales.

Locke Lord add partner Joseph Vallo to West Palm Beach business litigation and dispute resolution practice
Vallo was previously with Greenberg Traurig, where he was a shareholder. He focuses his practice on securities arbitration and mediation, securities litigation and compliance and regulatory matters for securities and broker-dealer cases. He also has wide-ranging experience in retail brokerage compliance in domestic and international markets.

Norton Rose Fulbright add three partners to global cyber risk network
Chris Cwalina joins the firm as global co-head of cyber risk in the D.C. office. He will concentrate his practice on cybersecurity and privacy compliance and risk management, focusing on complex cybersecurity attack and data breach investigations. Jeewon Serrato will take on the role of head of data protection, privacy and cybersecurity for the U.S. in the San Francisco office. She has significant experience advising global companies, financial services institutions and public entities on cutting-edge issues at the interaction of technology and law. Finally, Steven Roosa will head up the firm’s data lab in New York. He is experienced in advising companies on a variety of technology and legal issues pertaining to data privacy, security and governance.

BakerHostetler adds partner Carmela Montesano to New York private health team
Montesano was previously with Greenberg Traurig, where she assisted clients in creating estate and business plans that incorporate a global view of their finances and maximize tax efficiency. She focuses her practice on sophisticated estate, gift and generation-skipping tax matters, including preparing related tax returns, participating in estate and gift tax audits and submitting private letter ruling requests.


Legal Technology News

H.I.G names Susan Gentile as chief financial and administrative office for global operations
Gentile was previously with Oaktree Capital, where she was the chief accounting officer and a managing director. Prior to Oaktree, she held senior-level accounting, internal controls and financial reporting roles at The Clorox Company, Levi Strauss, Motorola and Next Level Communications. She will succeed Ruth Brophy, who is retiring.

Elevate hires two industry veterans, expanding contract management expertise
Elevate appointed Rebecca Thorkildsen as VP, Legal Services, where she will lead the strategic development of contract, compliance and M&A solutions, while also being responsible for designing technology-enabled service models for both law department and law firm customers. She joins from Thomson Reuters, where she served as Global Director, Legal and Contract Solutions. The company also appointed Craig Conte as Managing Director, Head of Contracts Consulting, where he will lead consulting services. He joins from Capgemini, where he served as VP and Head of Contract Compliance & Optimization services.

Cisco, NetApp reveal FlexPod managed private cloud solution
Cisco and NetApp revealed the development of FlexPod, a managed private cloud solution that combines Cisco’s UCS integrated infrastructure with NetApp’s data services. FlexPod is designed to help organizations accelerate application delivery and transition to a hybrid cloud with a platform for innovation. The solution is expected to reduce deployment risk and accelerate time to value.

Steven Gilford joins JAMS as mediator in Chicago office
JAMS added Steven Gilford to its Chicago Resolution Center. Gilford will serve as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in a variety of disputes including appellate, business/commercial, civil rights, class action/mass tort, education/schools, environmental, federal, insurance, international and personal injury/torts. He has more than 40 years of experience in litigation, insurance and negotiation of complex settlements, previously working at Isham, Lincoln & Beale, Mayer Brown and Proskauer.

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